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KLEM News PM Update July 21, 2010

(REMSEN)--Fans and supporters of Remsen St. Mary's Hawks will meet at the st. Mary's High Schol East parking lot at 2:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon (july 22)  for a sendoff to the state tournament game.  KLEM Sports Director Denny Callahan wiill broadcast the game Thursday night.

(LE MARS)--The process of preparing the dirt for a new grandstand event at the Plymouth County Fair is underway today.

Plymouth County Fair Board Chairman Terry Reuter expects the latest action event, Motocross on the opening night of the fair to be popular.

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Motocross is at 6 pm July 28th and is followed by the coronation of the 2010 Plymouth County Fair royalty. Reuter spoke at the the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce coffee hosted by the Fair Board today.

MacieFest 2010 in Le Mars is August 14th

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars fund raiser is a way for one family to help a group that touched their lives.

MacieFest 2010, a 5K Walk/Run, takes to the streets of Le Mars next month to raise funds for families like John and Katie Majeres whose daughter, Macie, had E-B. Majeres says a group called DebRA of America helped the Majeres get through the trials and tribulations of having a baby with E-B.

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Majeres explains children with E-B are known as butterfly babies because their skin is fragile like the wings of a butterfly. Macie died at the age of six months in August of 2007. Her family says she taught them many valuable lessons and one of those is to help others in need.

The MacieFest fund raiser is August 14th with registration at 8 am and the walk/run at 9 am. The route is from the Kluckhohn Elementary parking lot, north on Central Avenue to Plymouth Street and then east onto Fourth Avenue to 15th Street and then back to Kluckhohn Elementary. Majeres is accepting registration forms for the fundraiser.

Arts Council awards funds for Artist in Orange City School

(ORANGE CITY)--Puppetry will fill Orange City Christian School classes with fun.

The Iowa Arts Council has awarded more than 10-thousand dollars in mini-grants to 11 organizations and individuals including Artist in the School in Orange City.

Lisa Laird will bring her puppets, "Pockets Full of Fun" to a five-day puppetry residency for K-8 students at Orange City Christian School.

The Iowa Arts Council award for the Orange City puppet program in the school is one-thousand dollars.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Terry Branstad has criticized Gov. Chet Culver about a Democratic-led campaign before the Republican gubernatorial primary, but new disclosures show the GOP nominee also has received big money from his national party.

Reports filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board show that the Republican Governors Association contributed roughly $1 million to Branstad, about half of the money he raised in the last six weeks.

Democrats say it's hypocritical for Branstad to criticize Culver for accepting national donations, then to take such money himself. But Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht says the GOP funding is different because much of the Democratic money financed a $780,000 ad campaign that accused Branstad of being too liberal in an effort to hurt his primary election chances. MIDWEST-STORMS

Storms bring heavy rain, flash flooding

ST. LOUIS (AP) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has extended an emergency declaration for the state as strong thunderstorms brought heavy rain and flash flooding to parts of northern Missouri, along with Illinois and Iowa.

The storms early Tuesday dumped up to 10 inches of rain, causing many streams and creeks to flow out of their banks. Dozens of roads were closed, including sections of U.S. 36 near Hannibal, Mo., U.S. 61 at the Iowa-Missouri border and U.S. 63 near Kirksville, Mo.

The worst of the damage appeared to be in Hannibal, Mark Twain's hometown. Emergency director John Hark said swollen creeks and overburdened drainage systems caused flooding at several homes and businesses, including a day care center, where 15 children were safely evacuated.


Dubuque officials considering curfew

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Members of Dubuque's Safe Community Task Force say not enough parents are keeping track of their children, making it time for the city to impose a curfew.

A string of stabbings, shootings and robberies led Dubuque officials to create the task force. Now some members say the best way to cut down on crime is to give the police department all the resources it needs.

Task force members say one of the ways that can be done is to impose a curfew for children under the age of 18. Not all members agree.

Janice Craddith says people need to take care of themselves and their kids and watch out for each other.

The task force also wants stronger rental property maintenance rules and a stricter government housing program.


Waterloo students, teachers to have dress code

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) The implementation of a new dress code by Waterloo Community Schools means the clothing of students, teachers and administrators will be scrutinized.

The new rules mean jeans, T-shirts, open-toed shoes, short skirts and anything showing cleavage are out. Collars, sleeves, dress pants and skirts reaching to at least the knees are in.

In an e-mail, associate superintendent Bev Smith says a professional standard of dress is one way administrators and teachers can model the kind of behavior expected of students.

While some schools have implemented the student dress code for this year, all schools must have rules in place by fall 2011. The student code specifies solid-colored tops and bottoms with no patterns, colored trim or decoration allowed.

The employee code requires men to wear shirts with collars while women can wear blouses, knit shirts, turtlenecks and sweaters.

18-year-old drowns in Iowa River

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) Authorities in Marshalltown have released the name of a man who drowned while swimming with friends.

Rescue crews were called to Highway 330 south of the town of Albion late Monday afternoon when a group of people who were swimming in the Iowa River reported a man going under the water.

Crews brought a boat and search equipment to the scene and found the body of 18-year-old Joseph Gutierrez Monday night.

Authorities said Gutierrez, his brother and a friend were jumping off a railroad trestle bridge and swimming in the river. Gutierrez was overtaken by the deep and strong current.



40 headstones smashed in cemetery

MOUNT AYR, Iowa (AP) Authorities in Ringgold County say vandals have caused more than $20,000 in damage to a southern Iowa cemetery.

The Ringgold County sheriff's office reported Tuesday about 40 headstones at the Tedrow Cemetery in Athens Township were knocked over and broken between July 11 and July 17.

The cemetery is being described as a pioneer cemetery. That means less than 12 burials have occurred at the cemetery during a 50-year period. Most of the headstones in the cemetery were repaired and restored five years ago.

The Ringgold County Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in finding the vandals, and asks those with information to contact the officials.


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